The death of 48-year-old screenwriter David Mills, who won an Emmy for his work on the Baltimore production of HBO's "The Corner," hit members of the Maryland-Hollywood TV and film communities hard yesterday.
Mills, who was born in Maryland and started his writing career as a reporter at the student-run University of Maryland The Diamondback newspaper, collapsed Tuesday in New Orleans on the set of the HBO drama, "Treme." He died in a New Orleans Hospital, according to series creator David Simon. The cause of death was a brain aneurysm.
"He was an enormous talent," Simon said in an obituary statement released by HBO Wednesday. "He loved words and he loved an argument – but not in any angry or mean-spirited way. He loved to argue ideas. He delighted in it, and he was confident that something smarter and deeper always came from a good argument."
"The Maryland area lost a very good writer and a really nice gentleman," actor and director Charles. S. Dutton said from Boston where he was in rehearsals for a new play. "I had loads of respect for him."